Author: Ximenez, Mateo
Title: Compendio Della Vita del Beato Sebastiano d'Apparizio
Place Published: Roma
Publisher:Nella Stamperia Salomoni
Date Published: 1789
xvi, 228,  pp. Engraved portrait. (4to) 22.5x17.5 cm (9x6¾") later half vellum over boards, edges speckled red. First Edition.
Rare biography of Sebastian de Aparicio y del Pardo, (1502-1600), a Spanish colonist in Mexico shortly after its conquest by Spain, who after a lifetime as a rancher and road builder entered the Order of Friars Minor as a lay brother. He spent the next 26 years of his long life as a beggar for the Order and died with a great reputation for holiness. He has been beatified by the Catholic Church after an investigation by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico City, in which nearly 1,000 miracles at his intercession were reported. Pope Pius VI beatified him in 1789 and today his incorrupt body can be seen at the Church of San Francisco in Puebla. Rare; no copies in auction records since this copy last crossed the block at Sotheby's in 1999.